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10 Things to do in Essex this Weekend!

There are plenty of great events happening across Essex this weekend. Here at Parks of Essex we have picked ten great family friendly events happening across 23rd and 24th September.


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Essex Park Events

Brilliant events happening at parks across Essex.





Colchester Castle Park, CO1 1UG

23rd September

Discover lots of brilliant, free things for all the family to enjoy including bouncy castles, face painting, games and activities.


Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, CO4 5JR

23rd September

Follow the map around the site and gather seeds, fruits and nuts to grow trees for planting as part of the Colchester Woodland Project. Pots and soil are provided so you can grow your seeds - look out for events in 2 and 3 years time to come along and plant the trees you have nurtured. Drop in anytime between 11am to 3pm. £1, purchase from visitor centre.


Colchester Castle Park, CO1 1UG

24th September

Lower Castle Park will be filled to the brim with retro entertainment, charming food stalls and of course vintage cars. With music spanning the decades and opportunities for the children to learn about life from a bygone era, there is something for everyone. Adults £5, Children £3, Under 3s - Free.


Shotgate Park, Wickford, SS11 8QS

23rd September

Shotgate’s very own music festival. Under cover & performing live: Abba Stars, The Start, Ian Geast, Rock Project. Bar & food available. Adults £18.50, Under 16s Free


Thorndon, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ

23rd September

A morning of exploration and play in a peaceful woodland setting awaits! For Neurodiverse children only, aged 5+. Prebooking required. £8


More Family Fun

More family friendly fun events across Essex


Southend Pier, SS1 1EE

24th September

Southend RNLI are welcoming you to their Open Day at the Offshore Lifeboat Station at the Southend Pier Head! View the lifeboats, meet the crew, visit the shop, say hello to Stormy Stan and learn all about one of the busiest coastal stations in the UK, Southend RNLI! Lifeboat demonstrations at 14:15 and 16:15 (subject to operations). Entry to the Southend RNLI Open Day is free, please note the standard Southend Pier admission charges apply.


If you are looking for a playground close to the beach in Southend check the below post!



Colchester Fire Station, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, CO1 1XT

Burnham Fire Station, 17 Albert Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EA

Corringham Fire Station, 43 Fobbing Road, Corringham, SS17 9BN

23rd September

Come and meet the team, look around our fire station and fire engines. Free!


Upminster Windmill, 89 St Marys Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QL

23rd September

Explore the restored windmill, visitor centre and garden. The sails will be turning if weather conditions permit. Adults £6, Children (over 102cm) £2


Southend Airport, SS2 6YF

24th September

Your chance to see XL426 close-up in her hangar at London Southend Airport and find out more about the role she played in the Cold War. There is plenty for all the family to see and enjoy with displays of the equipment and weapons that XL426 carried during her time with the Royal Air Force. Adults £8, Under 16s Free


Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BZ

24th September

Dog Show with 10 classes including "best young handler" and "waggiest tail". Accessories & toys for your pampered pooches, plus other trade stalls. Crazy Legs Children's Entertainer

Inflatables. Soft play bus. Bungee trampolines. Meet & Greet with Batman & Mirabel. Arts & Crafts (not included in admission fee). Adult £7, Child (2-15) £6, Under 2’s – Free.


Don't forget to check the Park Directory for more park inspiration - A-Z of over 70 Parks in Essex. Over 90 parks and playgrounds are listed!

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